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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.

Forewing: 12-15mm.

Foodplant: Heathers.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded197019941970
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records9218220
Number of individuals6921391662
Unique positions7318182
Unique locations5112126
Adult records8218200
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 220 records from 126 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1970.


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© Dave Foot

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A common species of heathland and moorland in Britain, the larva feeding on heather (Calluna spp.), heath (Erica spp.), trefoil (Lotus spp.), vetch (Vicia spp.) and clover (Trifolium spp.). In Dorset, the moth is locally abundant on heathland, but rare elsewhere. The two sites well away from sandy soil are a disused railway line at Powerstock Common, where ill-drained calcareous clay embankments support trefoils and meadow vetchling (Lathyrus pratensis) plants, and Ackling Dyke, a roman road that comprises a narrow corridor of unimproved dry grassland on chalky soil. These chalky soil colonies produce a more robust and yellower insect than its heathland counterpart. Old records indicate that Common Heath colonies on chalky soil were more widespread in the past. Localities included: Westhays and Morecombelake, both near Charmouth, Sherborne, South Perrott and Tarrant Gunville.

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